Learning and Skills Council finds half of workers believe staff training is overlooked by employers

Nearly half of UK employees believe their bosses overlook staff training, according to research.

A survey of 1,000 workers, conducted by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), found that while 42% of employees think their employer is unlikely to give them training, more than half the supervisors questioned said they would.

However, six in 10 respondents pointed to time as the biggest constraint for training provision, while 49% admitted to being put off by the cost.

The LSC is leading  the government’s flagship Train to Gain initiative, a free skills brokerage service which is crucial to the government’s bid to meet its Leitch Review target of increasing the proportion of adults holding Level 2 qualifications to 90% by 2020.

Glenn Robinson, director at Train to Gain, said: “Feedback has shown that employees of all levels are keen to push their boundaries, and where better to start than by training. While time and money are traditionally the biggest barriers to training, thanks to Train to Gain, it has never been easier.”

Frances O’Grady, deputy secretary general at the Trades Union Congress, said: “In today’s fast-paced world, the biggest barrier to training is time. Too many employers don’t recognise the value of training and refuse to give time off to train.”

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